A benefit show for Kenneth "KD" Brown, who performed stand-up comedy, is planned for Oct. 26, 2013. Brown died as a result of a shooting at Drai's nightclub on Oct. 21, 2013. (Source: Facebook)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A grieving mother is making funeral arrangement for her son, who was shot and killed at Drai's nightclub inside Bally's casino on Monday.
Kenneth Brown, 40, died trying to subdue the shooter, according to police.
Brown was stand-up comedian, frequently taking the stage at Joker's Bar & Grill on Decatur Boulevard. On Saturday, his fellow comedians will take the stage there in his honor.
Brown's friends said that while they're shocked and stunned by what happened, they're not surprised by what Brown did.
"Any comic you talk to or ask would tell you he was just a very outgoing, friendly, fun-to-be-around person," said fellow comic Phil "Skratch" Cummings.
Police said Brown took two bullets trying to stop accused shooter Benjamin Frazier. His heroism cost him his life.
"You hear gunshots, the general action for most of us is to go the other way. He went to the gunfire," friend Bruce Purcell said. "If your life is to end, that's a major exclamation point on who you were as a person."
Brown's friends will host a benefit comedy show Saturday night to raise funds for his burial.
"A friends of ours died a hero, I think we owe him at least that," Cummings said.
Even those who never met Brown are contributing. Pro sports bettor Dave Oancea contributed $5,000. Nightlife consultant Joe Vargas pledged $2,500.
"I just felt bad when I found out the mother couldn't afford the funeral or a proper goodbye. I just felt it was the right thing to do," Oancea said.
The outpouring of support is easing the burden on Brown's mother, Norma Sattiewhite.
"It brings me comfort. It lets me know my son was loved and people know what he did. It just touches my heart," she said.
The fundraiser is set for 10 p.m. At least a dozen comedians will perform.
Brown's funeral is scheduled for Nov. 9 at Ebenezer Church, located at 1072 W. Bartlett Ave. in Las Vegas. The community is invited to attend.
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